This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family developments as well as the books I read in that month. I've found it a pleasantly cathartic process, especially in recent circumstances. If you want to look back at previous entries, they are all tagged under bookblog nostalgia.
My two trips were again both pleasure rather than business – I went to Belfast to launch the new Northern Ireland elections archive, and to London for a 2014 Worldcon meeting. Towards the end of the month my back problems from 2009 returned, and my work environment started a deterioration into toxicity from which it never really recovered. The very sad news came of the death of Iain M. Banks, who had been due to be a Worldcon guest. I had taken this great picture of him in 2007:
Giants walked the streets of Leuven.
And we went to find F's tree.
In popular culture, Game of Thrones reached one of its iconic episodes.
Somewhere, there's a couple all of a sudden reconsidering their Game of Thrones-themed wedding.
— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) June 3, 2013
I read 22 books that month.
Non-fiction 6 (YTD 19)
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, ed. Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
The Irish Constitutional Revolution of the Sixteenth Century, by Brendan Bradshaw
PR Urban Elections in Ulster 1920, by Alec Wilson
Miradal: Erfgoed in Heverleebos en Meerdaalwoud, by Hans Baeté, Marc De Bie, Martin Hermy, Paul Van den Bremt and Sara Adriaenssens
TARDIS Eruditorum – An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 3: Jon Pertwee, by Elizabeth Sandifer
Fiction (non-sf) 5 (YTD 14)
The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng
The Gondola Scam, by Jonathan Gash
Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson
Danny the Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco and footnote
Doctor Who 5 (YTD 32, 40 counting non-fiction and comics)
Rags, by Mick Lewis
Head Games, by Steve Lyons
EarthWorld, by Jacqueline Rayner
Hunter's Moon, by Paul Finch
Something Borrowed, by Richelle Mead
~5,700 pages (YTD 30,500)
7/22 (YTD 30/117) by women (Mendlesohn, Sara Adriaenssens, Robinson, Collins, Rayner, Mead, Staples)
2/22 (YTD 4/117) by PoC (Eng, Staples)
Enjoyed rereading Name of the Rose, which you can get here, and Danny the Champion of the World, which you can get here. Enjoyed discovering Tardis Eruditorum 3, which you can get here, and Housekeeping, which you can get here. Not impressed by two of the Doctor Who books, Rags, which you can get here, and Hunter's Moon, which you can get here.